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Studying for your PhD

The Dance department has gained an international reputation in PhD studies through Practice as Research, and actively encourage applicants in this area of research practice.

Dance is part of a lively research culture which includes visiting artists contributing to regular research presentations, performances, installations and exhibitions and an ongoing Research Dialogues series.

There are reading groups and opportunities to develop through paper and performance presentations.

We encourage enquiries from potential applicants in Dance and Dance-related subjects in both traditional academic and practice-based research. Opportunities for interdisciplinary research are also available.

Supervision is offered by a strong, research-active team with a wide range of expertise, and includes academics and practitioner-scholars with international reputations.

The Dance and Theatre team offer research supervision in the following subject categories:

Name Status Field of Study
Dr Lucie Clements BSc, MSc, PhD, CPsychol Performance psychology, psychological interventions for enhancing dance performance, cognitive skills in dance e.g. memory and creativity.
Dr Yael Flexer BA, MA, PhD Postmodern choreography, dance analysis.
Dr Ben Francombe BA (Hons), PhD Solo performance, twentieth-century Irish theatre, post-colonial British theatre, politics of the British theatre system.
Dr Gemma Harman BA (Hons), MSc, PhD Investigating the phenomenon of dance and music performance through the experience of the performer
Ian Homsby BA (Hons), MPhil Critical theory and its relation to art, philosophy and politics. Investigation of 'praxis' in relation to a dialogue between artistic practice and critical theory.
Dr Vicky Hunter BA, MA, PhD Site specific choreography, place and embodiment, dance and new materialism.
Dr Louie Jenkins BA (Hons), PGCE, MA, PhD Autobiographical performance; affect theory; affective neuroscience; shame: mourning, class and queer shame; site, art,Thanatology (Death Studies) and memorialisation; performance writing.
Dr Jonathan Little B.Mus (Hons),Th.A., Ph Instrumental and vocal compositions, orchestration in 19th and 20th century Music.
Dr Sarah Needham-Beck BSc(Hons), MSc, PhD Areas of dance science including exercise physiology, training, fitness, and workload monitoring.
Dr Laura Ritchie BA, MA, PhD The musical self and its perception, self-efficacy beliefs in musical learning and performing.
Dr Pete Phillips BA, MA, PhD Performance and sports culture, interactive live art and duo collaboration.

Dr Andrew Wilford

BA, MA, PhD Performance and politics, contemporary performance and philosophy.


Dance researchers at the University of Chichester are currently supervising PhD students from Brazil, Japan, Germany and the UK. 


  • Asuka (Aska) Sakuta: the interrelationship between scientific theories of ‘flow’ and improvisation practices
  • Virginia Farman: An investigation into representations of ‘wildness’ in contemporary choreographic practices
  • Jo Blake Cave: Rules of Enchantment: a practical investigation into contemporary story telling practice
  • Amy Voris: Choreographing the Multitudinous Body
  • Andrew Wass: Exploration and Experimentation, The fractal and rhizomatic nature of improvisation
  • Natalie Rowland: Lighting and Lit
  • Celena Monterio: European Dancehall Queen Competitions in the Digital Age: Transcultural Feminine Identity Production in Performance
  • Ashleigh Griffiths: Holding pieces of light: a practical-theoretical inquiry into the memorialization of encounters as objects
  • Claire French: Choreographic Communication and Cognitive Processes
  • Paul Sadot: Dramaturgy, Choreography and breaking conventions in UK Hip Hop Dance Theatre
  • Flaviana Sampaio: Light Never Escapes: Procedures for Dancing in Shadow

Most of these PhD projects are being undertaken using choreography or performance as a central research strategy.

For further information on specific staff available to supervise your project please go to our Staff Profiles 

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If you are interested in discussing Postgraduate research opportunities in Dance with us, you will be joining a strong body of PhD students in Dance and Theatre, a thriving PhD student community across the university, and a vibrant research culture which will enhance your research opportunities.

Please contact Dr Vicky Hunter for more information.